Rivals.com College Basketball Editor
"Selection Sunday" is March 11, which means we're a little more than four months away.
But why wait? Here is our preseason look at how we think the 68-team NCAA tournament field will look when it is unveiled that day.
Teams are listed alphabetically by projected seed except in seeds 12 and 16. At the bottom is a breakdown by league of the number of projected bids.
Remember that there will be play-in games for two No. 16 seeds and for No. 11 and/or No. 12 seeds.
Rivals.com Projected NCAA Field of 68
1. Connecticut 2. Kentucky 3. North Carolina 4. Syracuse BUZZ: Remember, these teams are listed alphabetically. It wouldn't be a stunner if North Carolina and Kentucky are the No. 1 and 2 seeds when the field is announced. They are the two most-talented teams in the nation.
5. Duke 6. Florida 7. Ohio State 8. Pittsburgh BUZZ: Ohio State has the nation's best player in sophomore big man Jared Sullinger. Florida looks to have the nation's best backcourt. Duke may have the nation's best freshman in Austin Rivers. Pitt? They need to prove they can make it to the Final Four.
9. Marquette 10. Memphis 11. Vanderbilt 12. Wisconsin BUZZ: Vanderbilt returns all five starters and the Commodores are primed for big things. First things first, though: They need to get out of the first round in the NCAA tourney. Cross-state foe Memphis is young but extremely talented, especially in the backcourt.
13. Arizona 14. Baylor 15. Louisville 16. Xavier BUZZ: Baylor went to the Elite Eight in 2010, then didn't make it to the postseason at all last season. The Bears have the frontcourt to do some damage in March, but the backcourt is a giant question. Louisville and Xavier were surprise first-round losers in last season's NCAA tourney.
17. Alabama 18. Cincinnati 19. Gonzaga
20. Kansas BUZZ: Alabama is looking for its first NCAA tourney berth since 2006. As with their football brethren, the Tide play excellent defense. Kansas has an eight-year streak of Big 12 titles on the line.
25. Michigan State 26. Temple 27. UCLA 28. Washington BUZZ: A lot was expected of Michigan State last season, but the Spartans underachieved as much as anybody. Not as much is expected this season, which makes them dangerous. UCLA has a big-time frontcourt and Washington has a big-time backcourt; too bad you can't combine the rosters.
40. Notre Dame BUZZ: Belmont is the low-major program to watch this season; the Bruins play Duke and Memphis in November. Drexel hasn't made it to the NCAA tourney since 1996.
41. George Mason
42. Indiana 43. Miami 44. Saint Louis
BUZZ: Rick Majerus' Saint Louis team should challenge for a top-three finish in the A-10. The Billikens haven't been to the NCAAs since 2000, when they were in Conference USA. There's a lot of pressure on Indiana coach Tom Crean, whose team finished last in the Big Ten last season.
45. Oregon 46. Clemson 47. UNLV
48. BYU 49. Marshall 50. Virginia BUZZ: Dana Altman has made quick work of the rebuilding process at Oregon. BYU begins the post-Jimmer era in a new league and should challenge Gonzaga for WCC supremacy. Marshall hasn't been in the NCAA tourney since 1988, and Virginia has been just twice since 1997 and hasn't been at all since 2007.
52. Oral Roberts
53. Utah State
54. Wichita State
BUZZ: Oral Roberts has a big-time frontcourt led by senior Dominique Morrison. Wichita State is the defending NIT champions and could have an all-senior starting lineup.
58. Long Beach State
BUZZ: Davidson looks to have finished rebuilding and should make its first NCAA appearance since Stephen Curry led a miracle run when he was a sophomore in 2008. Harvard, which is coached by Tommy Amaker, hasn't received an NCAA bid since 1948.
59. Austin Peay
60. Florida Atlantic 61. Long Island
62. Weber State
BUZZ: Weber State has one of the nation's best low-major players in G Damian Lillard. FAU, which is coached by Mike Jarvis, has an excellent backcourt duo of its own.
65. Boston U.
66. UT San Antonio
67. UNC Asheville
68. Mississippi Valley
BUZZ: One of the safest bets in the NCAA tourney in recent seasons is that the SWAC team is going to be a No. 16 seed. That will be the case again this season, and the pick to win the SWAC is Mississippi Valley. UT San Antonio is in its final season in the Southland; the school is moving to the WAC next season.
BREAKDOWN BY LEAGUE
9: Big East
6: ACC, Big Ten
5: Big 12, Pac-12, SEC
3: Atlantic 10
2: Colonial, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, West Coast
1: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Big Sky, Big West, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern Athletic, Summit, Sun Belt, Western Athletic
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.